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Comment on Why Rationalia Wouldn’t Work by RTFTLC | The March for Science

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 22:24:37 +0000

[…] march for more science funding and more science-based policy. I have a few thoughts on this over at my own blog. The TL;DR version is that science is a good input to policy, but it can not answer all our […]

Comment on The Doomsday Clock by RTFTLC | The Wheat from the Chaff

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 15:14:22 +0000

[…] Yesterday, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists advanced the “Doomsday Clock” to 2.5 minutes to midnight. This is utterly meaningless. […]

Comment on On Polls by RTFTLC | Some Thoughts on The Polls

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 00:04:23 +0000

[…] There’s a nerd fight going on between Nate Silver and several other analysts about how to interpret the Presidential election polls. Silver is projecting Clinton as having about a 65% chance of winning. HuffPo and Princeton are projecting her at 98%. I have some thoughts over at my personal blog: […]

Comment on Quick Review: Stranger Things by RTFTLC | Friday Review: Stranger Things

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 04:02:05 +0000

[…] at my own site, I have a quick review posted of Stranger Things. I know several of you have already watched it and I’ll recommend it to the rest. It’s […]

Comment on The Water Lily Pond by Guest Columnist: Mike Siegel | The Honest Courtesan

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:02:39 +0000

[…] assisted me with scientific or other issues.  See, he’s a professional astronomer and a blogger himself, and now he’s a fiction writer as well; last week, he self-published his first novel […]

Comment on The Water Lily Pond by RTFTLC | Hal, The Novelist

Wed, 03 Feb 2016 08:05:44 +0000

[…] yeah, it turns out I’ve written a novel. You can click through that link for the details and an excerpt. At the present time, it is only […]

Comment on Movie Review: Interstellar by RTFTLC | Science Sunday: Warp Drives

Mon, 11 May 2015 14:19:58 +0000

[…] (PS – If you want to see a movie that addresses issues of space travel in an interesting way, check out Interstellar.) […]

Comment on Exploring What Now? by In the News (#401) | The Honest Courtesan

Wed, 01 Apr 2015 10:01:49 +0000

[…] It was only a matter of time… […]

Comment on How Many Women? by That Was the Week That Was (#445) | The Honest Courtesan

Sat, 08 Nov 2014 10:02:56 +0000

[…] Mike Siegel corrects bad “campus rape crisis” math: […]

Comment on The Scourge of Action Movie Bloat by DonnaK

Sun, 22 Dec 2013 05:31:46 +0000

YES!!!! I could not agree with you more about this. Most action flicks are way way way too long these days and that lack of editing sense tends to bore me too. The other problem is the ultra-quick-cut that got back in fashion with the Transformers films - it's just cut too quickly to really see or feel anything. There are some exceptions out there and I try to hunt them down, but yes, you're so right about this. Email me at morganafq AT gmail DOT com and we'll talk posting - I have a couple of ideas for end-of-year things. :)

Comment on Mathematical Malpractice: Focus Tested Numbers by Tormenta, Velox Currus et Vinum » Right Thinking

Tue, 03 Sep 2013 15:50:46 +0000

[...] reasons? Improving technology and tougher laws against drunk driving. (More on this at my own blog here). So any claim that this will cut deaths by a third is almost certainly [...]

Comment on The Worst of the Oscars: 1978-2012 by The Worst of the Oscar: Round-Up « Mike's Meandering Mind

Sat, 20 Jul 2013 16:39:51 +0000

[...] Missing Sleep Since June 2007 (Blogging Since 2005) « The Worst of the Oscars: 1978-2012 [...]

Comment on Mathematical Malpractice Watch: Et Tu, Reason? by Links #157 | The Honest Courtesan

Sun, 07 Jul 2013 10:02:17 +0000

[...] Mike Siegel on mathematical malpractice in one of last week’s links. [...]

Comment on 2012 in Review by DonnaK

Sat, 06 Jul 2013 04:36:43 +0000

I agree with a whole lot of this - my quick breakdown, and I rate on Netflix's 5 star system (except I use half stars which they should as well): Argo - Really good but not the best of the year. 4.5/5 Amour - DYING TO SEE THIS!!!! Beasts of the Southern Wild - Easily so far my favorite of the year. 5/5 Django Unchained - Good but waaaay too long - that was three movies in one. 3/5 Les Mis - Not yet seen Life of Pi - This never clicked for me. 3/5 Lincoln - Not yet seen Silver Linings Playbook - Not a fan which shocked me. 3/5 Zero Dark Thirty - I really liked this, very done in every way. 4.5/5 The Dark Knight Rises - Believe it or not, not yet seen. The Avengers - Again, not really a fan. 3/5 The Hunt - Not yet seen The Hobbit - Not yet seen The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Great acting, beautiful story. 4/5 Wreck-It Ralph - Lacked the usual spark for me, and I did like Brave better. 3/5 Moonrise Kingdom - Not yet seen Skyfall - Not yet seen Cloud Atlas - I adored it, my second favorite of the year so far. 5/5 End of Watch - Surprisingly good acting but odd editing. 3.5/5 Looper - I liked this, despite the refrigerator moments. 3.5/5 __________________________ When I catch up with some more films would you like to do a side-by-side short review of groups of films for both our sites? I think it would be fun. :)

Comment on Wedding Bills by Sue

Thu, 04 Apr 2013 16:22:22 +0000

I can't help but wonder if wedding programs like TLC's A Wedding Story and Say yes to the Dress happen to add to the cost of weddings these days. Plus what you want when you are younger is very different to the reality of paying for it when you marry later.

Comment on Boobs Again by Links #141 | The Honest Courtesan

Sun, 17 Mar 2013 10:02:07 +0000

[...] Mike Siegel dismembers absurd claim that only misogynists like big tits. [...]

Comment on Mother Jones Hacks Again by Want to get angry?

Fri, 01 Mar 2013 12:41:29 +0000

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